Jennifer joined Watsi on November 2nd, 2016. 22 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jennifer's most recent donation supported Shee, a 23-year-old refugee from Thailand, to fund surgery so she can pursue her passion for teaching.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continue her studies. Shee graduated from the junior college and now helps her cousin-in-law weave and sell traditional Karen clothes. She shared that it has been difficult for her family to find work within the camp at this time, but she hopes to become a teacher soon. In her free time, Shee enjoys playing with her nephews. In February, Shee began to develop a mass and experience pain in her abdomen, so she visited the camp's hospital. Upon review, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given medication. Since the mass continued to grow, Shee was referred to her our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sariang Hospital, in early April. After receiving an ultrasound, the doctors determined Shee has an ovarian cyst and needs to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Shee experiences severe pain that makes it challenging for her to sleep, eat, or continue her weaving. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Shee receive treatment. On April 20th, she will undergo surgery to remove the cyst. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund the total cost of this procedure. Shee shared, "I am not worried about my operation because I hope it will fix my health problem. I would like to become a teacher in the future because I like teaching. After I recover, I plan to apply at a school in the refugee camp."
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He's in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left arm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left arm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling is now very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper arm. Bo is in a lot of pain and cannot use his left arm. He cannot lift it, nor carry anything due to the pain and the swelling. Bo sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Bo is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 18th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I want to become a policeman one day but I do not know if this will be possible," said Bo.
Kayiok is a 33-year-old father from Kenya. He has four kids aged between 7 and 11 years of age. He is the sole breadwinner for his family, selling cattle in the markets around Narok to make an income. For the last three years, Kayiok has struggled with stomach pains and prolonged upsets that give him sleepless nights. It started off as a small pain in his stomach area that gradually worsened. He visited several facilities in his home area, which treated him for gastritis. The treatments were only occasionally effective at reducing the pain. In the last three months, Kayiok's condition has significantly worsened. He started having more pain in the right upper and lower quadrant of his epigastric region, with associated heartburn. The pains worsen when he is hungry, with slight relief after eating. He mainly eats porridge and milk, because his heartburn is worse with solid foods. When he came to the hospital on February 12th, doctors conducted several tests and diagnosed him with a duodenal ulcer. He needs to undergo an urgent laparotomy and gastrojejunostomy surgery to ease his stomach pains and distress. Unfortunately, Kayiok cannot afford the cost of his care. He does not have medical insurance coverage and has been paying for his medical bills with cash. Several trips to different health facilities for the last three months have depleted his small savings. He currently relies on well-wishers to buy medication. Kayiok is unable to afford the surgery and is requesting financial help. Kayiok will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $616 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will be able to eat normally and go about his daily life activities as he used to. Kayiok shared, “I have been struggling with this stomach problem for years now. I have even lost a lot of weight and my condition is worsening. I need this surgery to get well.”
Naw Mu is a five-year-old girl who lives with her family in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Naw Mu, her older brother and older sister are all primary school students. Her mother is a homemaker and her father works as a day laborer outside of the camp when he can. Her parents also look after a small shop in the camp. Her family's combined income is just enough to cover their family expenses and are grateful they can receive basic healthcare and education in the camp. On April 8th, Naw Mu was playing with her friends when she fell to the ground and injured her left arm. Her mother immediately took her to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International Thailand. When the medics examined her arm, they suspected that Naw Mu's forearm was fractured and referred her to another hospital to confirm her diagnosis. After Naw Mu received an x-ray, the doctor confirmed that Naw Mu's radius and ulna bones are broken. Currently, Naw Mu is experiencing pain in her left arm and has to take pain medication to have comfort and to sleep. She cannot lift her left hand or move it around. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Mu will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 9th and will cost $1,500. With this treatment, she will no longer be in pain and she will be able to move her hand and arm fully again in the future. Naw Mu's father shared, “my daughter loves to play outsides with her friends and watching cartoon clips on the phone. After she receives surgery, I hope that she is able to play with her friends again.”
Sen is a 73-year-old rice farmer who has four daughters and ten grandchildren. Sen lives with his wife and his youngest daughter. Nowadays, he no longer goes to the rice field because of his age and his poor vision. Instead, he stays at home to look after his grandchildren. In his spare time, Sen likes to listen to the monks preaching and news on the radio. One year ago, Sen developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his son-in-law seeking treatment. On February 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, Sen needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sen shared, "I hope that after my surgery I can see clearly. I want to join ceremonies at the pagoda, and help my wife to care for our grandchildren."
Harrison is a nine month old baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Harrison's father works as a casual laborer while his mother sells second hand clothes. A few days ago, Harrison began to experience diarrhea and vomiting and could not even retain breast milk. The mother took him to a dispensary and was advised to take him to a hospital. Since they didn’t have money they stayed at home, but last night his abdomen began to swell. A scan has showed intussusception, a small bowel obstruction. Surgeons recommend an emergency laparotomy. If not treated Harrison will continue having serious complications that may lead to death. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, Harrison needs your help to fund the $788 cost of this procedure. “I am so worried about my baby, but I have no means of paying for this life-saving surgery. I plead for help so that my baby can be well again," shared Harrison's mother.
Owomutima is a 45-year-old tailor from Uganda. She is a single mother to one child who is in high school. She earns a living from her tailoring workshop but since it is located deep in the village, she at times has to carry out cultivation since she doesn’t earn all she needs from her tailoring work. She separated with her husband three years ago and lives with her parents who are small-scale farmers. For some time now, Owomutima has been experiencing heavy uterine breeding and severe backaches. She has been diagnosed with a large uterine mass. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Owomutima's surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Owomutima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Owomutima says: “I will pray to God to bless you for supporting me. I expect to continue with tailoring after my surgery.”
Enelo lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with his mother and father; he is their first child. Shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with two holes in his heart: atrial septal defect, between the two upper chambers; and ventricular septal defect, between the two lower chambers. During surgery, doctors will use patches to close both of these holes so that his heart can pump blood normally.
Sokkoeun is a 40-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has a seven year old son, and enjoys playing soccer and watching television in his free time. In may 2019, Sokkhoeun was electrocuted and suffered severe electricity burns on his hands, feet, and abdomen. He is unable to use his left hand and he experiences chronic pain. When Sokkoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On July 10, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to Treatment will remove the damaged tissue from the wound, allowing his skin to heal properly over the bone. Now, Sokkoeun needs help to fund this $262 procedure. He says, "I hope that I will be able to use both of my hands after my operation and that I can return to my work."
Koemsrorn is an only child who enjoys playing with his friends and watching cartoons. Since he was nine months old, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breath and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and eat without any pain or difficulty. His family is looking forward to returning to the village knowing Koemsrorn's infection has cleared.
Maria is a mother from Guatemala. She lives with her husband and three of five children in Guatemala's rural western highlands. Maria works as a day laborer in the local countryside and sometimes works selling catalog products. In her free time, Maria loves to be with her family and enjoys cooking and cleaning. Maria needs an endometrial biopsy to determine if she has uterine cancer. Uterine cancer, or endometrial cancer, is a slowly progressive cancer, and it is almost always easily treated simply by removing the uterus. However, access to the necessary studies to make the diagnosis are not readily available in Guatemala. For this reason, many women have been experiencing symptoms for years before they seek care from our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. If Maria does not receive a biopsy, she will be forced to live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether or not she has cancer. If she does have cancer, it could spread and threaten her life. $383 will provide Maria with a biopsy to determine if she has cancer or not. The biopsy will also help her medical team prepare a treatment plan. The biopsy is scheduled for January 22 at our medical partner's care center. Maria says, "I am nervous and scared about my health, but at the same time I am thankful for this support."
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."